Coming Clean?

The government and the A.N.C. deal with the uses and abuses of power

THE CHARGE OF "VIOLENCE FOR THE SAKE OF VIOlence" brought by an African National Congress commission of inquiry was not the familiar litany of human- rights abuses aimed at the usual target, the South African government. Instead the report detailed violence and torture within the A.N.C. itself. The inquiry was ordered by A.N.C. president Nelson Mandela to settle allegations by former detainees of atrocities committed against them by the A.N.C.'s security department in its detention camps. Conceding that the abuses had violated the A.N.C.'s own code of conduct, Mandela promised the report would be considered "as a matter of grave urgency."


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